This class was tough.
SPAN 3105 was more intense than I expected. I would recommend this class only if you are either required to take it (i.e. Spanish is your major or minor) or if you truly love learning Spanish. This is not an "easy A" class. This gets right into the core of Spanish and if you don't know the basics you will fall behind.
I really enjoys the articles we had to read. Each article included the topics we were discussing each week (such as adverbial clauses, commands, si clauses, etc.) but at the end of the week we would have a opinionated class discussion on the topic. This discussion was less on the lessons of the week and more on the just talking more in Spanish. The articles and the class discussions definitely improved my Spanish vocabulary and speaking skills.
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Advice for students:
The advice I would give for this course is study AT LEAST an hour a night. Learning Spanish is definitely about practicing over and over again to retain information. The only way you can retain information with the intermediate Spanish is by practicing all Spanish vocabulary, speaking, conjugations, clauses, etc. Studying only while during the homework is not sufficient enough to retain information in the long run, study at least an hour a night.